MidAmeriCon II Interview with Rebecca Moesta

August 28, 2016 at 7:33 pm | Posted in Books, Interview, scifi/fantasy, Star Trek, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Along with Kevin at MidAmeriCon II was his wife and fellow author Rebecca Moesta. I couldn’t resist taking the chance to interview Rebecca as she’s worked on some very interesting series in the Star Wars literary universe. We spoke with her about her work on The Young Jedi Knights and Junior Jedi Knights series, what those projects were like and how the collaborative process worked, and her first story in the Star Wars realm, “Trade Wins: The Ranat’s Tale.” We also touched on her Star Trek novel, her original series Crystal Doors and an upcoming nonfiction book she’s working on that deals with the many layers of writing.

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MidAmeriCon II “Changing the Medium” Panel

August 28, 2016 at 10:57 am | Posted in Books, Conventions, Del Rey, Events, Random House, Sci-Fi, scifi/fantasy, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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I almost missed out on this panel, but I’m glad I didn’t. The “Changing the Medium” panel at MidAmeriCon II featured authors Martha Wells and William C. Dietz as well as guests Gary Kloster, Christopher Kastensmidt and moderator Monica Valentinelli. Each of the guests on the panel shared some excellent insights on the writing business with a focus on writing in different mediums. This included tie-in work, novelizations and working with games, be it a tabletop game like Pathfinder or video games like Halo and Mass Effect. It was a very cool panel and I managed to get the first 12 minutes of it on video, and I’ve also got the audio for the full panel. Enjoy!

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MidAmeriCon II “Queer Star Wars” Panel

August 27, 2016 at 7:47 am | Posted in Books, Conventions, Del Rey, Events, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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At MidAmeriCon II, one of the more intriguing Star Wars panels was one called “Queer Star Wars.” With a greater call for diversity in fandom, this panel explored what roads Star Wars has begun to explore in regards of diversity as well as the stumbling blocks it has had to overcome. The panel touches on the reluctance of publishing to accept LGBT characters, their recent change in acceptance, and even the corporate issues with LGBT characters when foreign markets like China are unwilling to embrace such diversity.

The panel is moderated by Matt Jacobson and features Martha Wells (the author of Star Wars: Razor’s Edge), Vivian Trask, Dr. Amy H. Sturgis and Dr. Mary A. Turzillo.

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Podcasts in Review

August 25, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Interview, Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | 4 Comments
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

501stCast: Episode 97 covers the latest 501st Legion troop reports, events, and even a little Rogue One trailer discussion.

Assembly of Geeks: The Cursed Child Review & The Fall Movie Preview starts with the Harry Potter book The Cursed Child as they go over what it’s like, some of the differences, and they avoid spoilers. They give a farewell to Kenny Baker, touch on news like the Star Trek tv series, Wonder Woman and the Rogue One trailer. Then they wrap up with their thoughts on upcoming Fall movies. Good episode.

Beltway Banthas: Interview with Tamara Keith is a fun one. Tamara is the White House correspondent for NPR and co-host of the NPR Politics podcast. They talk with Tamara about Star Wars and the politics of Star Wars. Definitely worth checking out. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

Comic Review: ‘Poe Dameron #5’

August 24, 2016 at 12:02 am | Posted in Comic Books, Marvel, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Poe Dameron #5 dives into some droid action as Black Squadron relies on BB-8 and their astromechs to save the day. Click here to read our full review.

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New Releases: ‘Star Wars #22’ & ‘The Force Awakens #3’

August 24, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Comic Books, Marvel, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Marvel has two new Star Wars releases today.

Star Wars #22

Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Jorge Molina
Cover Artist: Mike Deodato
Variant Cover: John Tyler Christopher (action figure variant), Mike Deodato (sketch variant)

The Star Destroyer Harbinger, a massive weapon of Imperial war. Also the target of the rebels’ new top-secret plan. Join Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Leia Organa for “The Last Flight of the Harbinger”!

Details: 32 pages, Rated T, $3.99

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Adaptation #3 (of 6)

Writer: Chuck Wendig
Artist: Luke Ross
Cover Artist: Mike Deodato

Rey and Finn escaped Jakku in the Millennium Falcon and teamed up with Han Solo and Chewbacca! But they’re not in the clear yet — there be RATHTARS! Meanwhile, Kylo Ren meets with the mysterious Supreme Leader Snoke! The search for Luke Skywalker continues!

Details: 32 pages, Rated T, $3.99

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Databurst From the 501st

August 24, 2016 at 12:00 am | Posted in 501st, Charity, Conventions, Databurst From the 501st, Events, Star Wars | Leave a comment

501stLogoLatest Databurst From the 501st covering 501st Legion event news from August 24 to 30th. As always, be sure to mark your calendars and support your local garrisons.

August 25

  • Georgia Garrison will be in Atlanta, GA for the Relay for Life at the College Football Hall of Fame from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.
  • Timberline Garrison will be in Idaho Falls, ID for Cloverdale Elementary Back to School Night from 6:00 to 7:00 PM.
  • UK Garrison will Chelmsford for the Essex Police Charity Fun Day at the Marsh Farm Visitor Attraction from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

August 26

  • Central Garrison will be in Stewartville, MN for Movie in the Park The Force Awakens at Bear Cave Park.
  • Garrison Excelsior will be in Gates, NY for the Gates Library The Force Awakens screening .
  • Mountain Garrison will be in Golden, CO for the City of Golden Star Wars: The Force Awakens Movies & Music in the Park event at Parfet Park from 6:00 to 10:00 PM.
  • Southern California Garrison will be in Palm Springs, CA for Comic Con Palm Springs at the Palm Springs Convention Center from August 26 to 28th.
  • Star Garrison will be at the Texas Rangers Star Wars Weekend from August 26 to 28th, in Lubbock for Hub City Comic-Con from August 26 to 28th.
  • UK Garrison will be in Exmouth for ComicCon Exmouth at The Pavilion from 10:15 AM to 4:30 PM, and in Penrith for the Wannasee Festival from August 26 to 28th.

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Star Wars Solicitations November 2016

August 23, 2016 at 8:05 pm | Posted in Art, Comic Books, Marvel, News, Star Wars, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Marvel has released their comic solicitations for November 2016. Here is the full Star Wars rundown.

Poe Dameron #8
Writer: Charles Soule
Artist/Cover Artist: Phil Noto, variant cover by Rod Reis

New Story Arc Starts Here! Agent Terex has sworn vengeance against Poe Dameron! But how does he always seem to know what Black Squadron is doing? Could there truly be a traitor in their midst?

Details: 32 pages, Rated T, $3.99
Release Date: November 2, 2016

The Force Awakens Adaptation #6 (of 6)
Writer: Chuck Wendig
Artist: Luke Ross
Cover Artist: Paolo Rivera, variant cover and sketch cover variant by Esad Ribic

It’s the Resistance vs the First Order as the attack on Starkiller Base continues! Meanwhile, Rey must use a lightsaber for the first time in a battle against Kylo Ren! Will the Resistance finally find the mysterious location of the vanished Jedi Luke Skywalker? The saga continues!

Details: 32 pages, Rated T, $3.99
Release Date: November 9, 2016

Star Wars #25
Writers: Jason Aaron and Chris Eliopoulos
Artists: Jorge Molina and Chris Eliopoulos
Cover Artist: Mike Deodato Jr., sketch cover variant by Mike Deodato Jr., and IG-88 action cover variant by John Tyler Christopher

Rebel crew vs. SCAR Troopers for the fate of the Harbinger! PLUS: An all-new Artoo-Deetoo adventure!

Details: 40 pages, Rated T, $4.99
Release Date: November 23, 2016

Star Wars Annual #2
Writer: Kelly Thompson
Artist: Emilio Laiso
Cover Artist: Mike Mayhew, variant cover by Elsa Charretier

Princess Leia is on a top-secret dangerous mission that brings her to a planet that wants no part of the war against the Empire. But when an injury threatens to end her mission, can she inspire that rebel spirit in those who just want to keep their heads down? Writer Kelly Thompson (A-FORCE) and artist Emilio Laiso (GODS OF WAR) bring us an all-new tale of Alderaan’s last monarch in action!

Details: 40 pages, Rated T, $4.99
Release Date: November 30, 2016

Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope TPB
Writer: Roy Thomas
Penciller: Howard Chaykin
Cover Artist: Adi Granov

The original comics adaptation of the greatest space-fantasy film of all is remastered for the modern age with all-new coloring by Chris Sotomayor! Weeks before George Lucas’ first Star Wars film hit theaters, Marvel gave fans their first look at Luke Skywalker, boldly asking: “Will he save the galaxy, or destroy it?” You may know the answer, but that doesn’t spoil the fun of seeing Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope like never before — including scenes that never made the silver screen! When Princess Leia is taken prisoner, Luke, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2-D2 ride to the rescue and take on Darth Vader in his awesome Death Star. It’s six against a galaxy — one that’s far, far away and a long time ago! May the Force be with you, in the mighty Marvel manner! Collecting STAR WARS (1977) #1-6.

Details: 128 pages, Rated T, $19.99
Release Date: December 7, 2016

Star Wars: Han Solo TPB
Writer: Marjorie Liu
Penciller: Mark Brooks
Cover Artist: Olivier Coipel

Everyone’s favorite scoundrel goes Solo! Han is given a top-secret undercover mission for the Rebellion: rescuing several informants and spies! His cover for the assignment? Only the biggest and most infamous starship race in the galaxy, the Dragon Void—a tournament he has dreamt of winning his entire life. With a chance of glory, can Han keep his mind on the mission? Or is failing Leia worse than losing? If that wasn’t enough, there’s also the small matter of finding a traitor within the Rebellion. As the Dragon Void heats up, can a certain Wookiee pal lend a hand in the mole hunt? Place your bets for the ultimate space race! Our money’s on Han and the Millennium Falcon — after all, it’s the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs! Collecting HAN SOLO #1-5.

Details: 112 PGS./Rated T …$16.99
Release Date: January 4, 2017

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MidAmeriCon II

August 22, 2016 at 12:02 am | Posted in Conventions, Events, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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MidAmeriCon II came to Kansas City, MO for the weekend of August 17 to 21st and brought along a nice selection of Star Wars authors. At least Star Wars is always at the forefront of my mind. The big draw for me was two fold: I’d never met Martha Wells, Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta, and they had a Star Wars themed Friday loaded with Star Wars panels. Unfortunately a handful of those Star Wars Day panels got re-scheduled to Saturday at the last minute, and I could only attend for Friday, but I still managed to have a blast.

The Kansas City Convention Center is a pretty big place, so the con had plenty of room for the exhibit floor. There was the usual mix of dealers, some odd and interesting displays, an autograph area, an art gallery, a couple food courts, and plenty of space for the publishers. Continue Reading MidAmeriCon II…

Monday Funny: Kylo Ren ‘Rogue One’ Reaction Video

August 22, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Humor, Monday Funny, Star Wars | Leave a comment

Now this is how you do a reaction video…as Kylo Ren!

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